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Indiana Afterschool Network
Newsletter: November 2013


Indiana Afterschool Network

Our mission is to create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional and local partnerships to increase funding and resources, advance public policy, and promote quality out-of-school time programs.  Our vision is that all Indiana children and youth have access to high quality, affordable out-of-school programs that prepare them with skills to succeed in school, college, work, and life

445 N Pennsylvania St. Suite 945
Indianapolis, IN 46204

CALL FOR PEER REVIEWERS - Indiana Department of Education, 21st Century Community Learning Centers RFP Competition
Deadline:   November 15, 2013
Seeking peer reviewers with demonstrated experience with the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, or other after, before and out of school time programs in the following professions:  PK-12 teachers and administrators, college or university educators and researchers, PK-12 out-of-school time providers and PK-12 education consultants.  Please see attachment for full details.

Save the Date: Children, Our Best Investment (COBI) Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Indiana Government Center & Indiana Statehouse
Children, Our Best Investment (COBI) is an annual advocacy day dedicated to introducing and educating children about the legislative process.  Teaching children how to have a stronger voice within their communities and to speak publicly about what youth issues affect them is the goal of this event. We strive to give children the confidence they need in order to feel like they can make a difference in the policies that are passed each legislative year. Registration will open on December 1, 2013 
To be a sponsor or to inquire about volunteering during this event; please contact Jennifer Karazsia with Indiana Youth Services Association for more information at

Save the Date! Indiana Summit On Out-of-School Learning
March 17-18, 2014
"I Am Indiana Afterschool"  
JW Marriott Downtown Indianapolis

To sign up to sponsor or exhibit, click HERE.

More information coming soon!
We are also looking for an event-planning intern. Click here for the full job description.

A big thank you to NetLiteracy, who in partnership with Indiana Afterschool Network, distributed more than 500 computers for 50 youth programs statewide in September. 
Youth programs used the computers to get started, update or expand computer labs.  NetLiteracy's corp of student volunteers have refurbished and donated more than 27,000 computers throughout Indiana.


Advancing Informal STEM Learning
Deadline: January 14, 2014 Amount: $300,000 to $3,000,000 depending on project type
Seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants.  Full announcement:
Walmart Foundation

The foundation focuses funding on four areas: 1) hunger relief & healthy eating; 2) environmental sustainability to reduce waste and promote energy efficiency in communities; 3) women's economic empowerment; and 4) workforce development for workers with low to moderate skills. Multiple national awards are made of up to $250,000 each .The Local Giving Program awards community grants of $250 to $5,000 through Walmart stores, Sam's Clubs and their related logistics facilities. Nonprofits must operate on the local level or be affiliates/chapters of larger organizations operating locally and within the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding.
Deadline: Rolling (national), March 31 (state) and Dec. 1 (local)
American Honda Foundation - Education Grants
Available amount: Up to $75,000
The Foundation seeks to support imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative projects. Funds are provided for youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. 
Cardinal Health Foundation offers grants to improve healthcare
Up to $35,000
Deadline: 12/6/13 

Starbucks Youth Action Grants
Deadline: December 15. The Starbucks Foundation is interested in supporting organizations that equip young people ages 15 to 24 years old - especially those not engaged in employment, education, or training - in business savvy, social conscience, and collaborative communication. They will consider grants between $10,000 and $30,000.

Interactive Intelligence Foundation
Offers $5K-$20K grants for STEM-related youth projects.
Deadline: 11/15/13 

PeyBack Foundation Accepting Grant Applications for Programs Serving At-Risk Children
Grants of up to $15,000 are available to nonprofits working to provide leadership and growth opportunities to economically disadvantaged children and youth in the Denver metro area, or the states of Indiana, Tennessee, or Louisiana.   Deadline: February 1, 2014
Bright House Networks announces StudentCam,
C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. This year students in middle school and high school will compete to share in $100,000 in cash prizes, with 150 total student prizes awarded.  Bright House will select six regional winners to share in $12,000. This year's question is, " A Message to the U.S. Congress." What's the most important issue the U.S. Congress should consider in 2014? For a complete list of competition rules, 

Finish Line Youth Foundation
The Finish Line Youth Foundation provides funding to organizations that youth athletic programs and sports-based camps, especially those serving disadvantaged and special needs children. Deadline: Rolling  Grants range from $1,000 - $5,000.

The National Council on Teachers of Mathematics
Funds classroom materials that connect math to other academic subjects and career fields. (Must be a current member of the NCTM to apply.)
Grant range:  $4,000.    Deadline:  November 8, 2013.

STEM Education Projects

Westinghouse Electric Company is accepting applications from schools in the United States working to provide creative hands-on projects related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Through its N-Visioning a Brighter Future program, Westinghouse will award $1,000 grants to three schools for any project with a STEM-based focus. An additional $2,000 grant will be awarded to each school's science department for general needs. Deadline: November 15, 2013

Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants
Deadline: January 31
Do you know where your next meal is coming from? One in five children in America don't. But this is a problem that can be solved, and kids are a part of the solution. That's why YSA (Youth Service America) and Sodexo Foundation are offering Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants, funding of up to $500 for youth that live in the U.S. to lead projects focused on ending childhood hunger in their communities. Find out how you can help end childhood hunger. 

National Gardening Association: Youth Garden Grants

Awards grants to schools and community organizations throughout the U.S. with child-centered garden programs. Applicant schools and organizations must plan to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. Twenty programs will receive a $500 gift certificate to the Gardening with Kids online store, a tool package from Ames, plant starts from Bonnie Plants, and a seed donation from High Mowing Seeds. Deadline: December 6, 2013
The Kresge Foundation: Human Services Program
Deadline: Rolling Amount: Varies  Through the Human Services Program, the Foundation seeks to expand opportunities for vulnerable, low-income individuals and families by strengthening nonprofit organizations and generating new knowledge about efforts to ameliorate and create pathways out of poverty. The grant focus area "Advancing the effectiveness and resilience of multiservice organizations" provides grants to help human services organizations demonstrate the ways promising approaches can add capacity, enhance performance, and increase resilience.

Saucony Run for Good Program
Committed to improving the lives of children by helping to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. Programs whose participants are 18 years of age or less, have 501(c)(3) status or are public schools and can demonstrate their program positively impacts the lives of participants through their increased participation in running are eligible. Deadline: December 13th, 2013 Amount varies. 


The Blockbuster Foundation  Supports a wide range of causes, including programs that benefit children and youth.  Applications:  accepted monthly.     
Grant range:  not specified. More HERE. 

RGK Foundation
awards grants in the broad areas of education, community, and medicine/health. Human service programs of particular interest to the foundation include children and family services, early childhood development, and parenting education. The foundation supports a variety of community improvement programs including those that enhance nonprofit management and promote philanthropy and volunteerism. Youth development programs supported by the foundation typically include after-school educational enrichment programs that supplement and enhance formal education systems to increase the chances for successful outcomes in school and life.  Deadline: Rolling  Amount varies. 


The World We Want Foundation  Offers youth-led service learning grants.
Deadline: Rolling,  Amount varies. 
Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries  

Offers library grants for disadvantaged communities. Amount varies. Deadline: 12/2/13 
American Electric Power  
Offers Teacher Vision mini-grants in areas where they are located.
Amount varies. Deadline: 2/28/14    


AND  for more grants- The Youth Today Newsletter Grants Newsletter   And GrantStation Insider    





Make A Pledge To Quality!  The Indiana Afterschool Network is launching a statewide campaign to promote and strengthen quality in before and afterschool programs, school age childcare centers and summer camps across Indiana.

Get Started!
Making a Pledge To Quality is SIMPLE:
1.  Sign-up for the IN Afterschool e-News -
Connect with other OST programs across the state in order to share best practices, funding, employment opportunities and professional development.   

2.  Register in the IN Program Mapping Database -
Become a part of a larger community of dedicated youth professionals who serve in the out-of-school learning environment.  

3.  Align with the IN Afterschool Standards and/or Specialty Standards -
Demonstrate your commitment to statewide best practices in quality improvement to funders, parents and other stakeholders.  
4.  Assess using the "NEW!" Indiana Quality Program Self-Assessment (IN-QPSA) -
Utilize data to inform your decisions and drive quality improvement action. Be a part of a statewide strengths-based quality self-assessment process that provides data reports to help with program site and systemic quality improvement.  
Click on the following link and fill out your area(s) of interest.
IN Out-of-School Pledge To Quality Interest Form    


For more information:
Contact Chelsie Sharp, Director of Community Engagement
Contact Bri Gaston-Bell, Data and Technical Assistance Manager for 21st CCLC Programs




Summer Advantage STEM Program Builds on the scientifically validated Summer Advantage program to provide K-8 students with a rigorous and stimulating STEM summer learning experience that will give them a true advantage in college and career. Partner with Summer Advantage to bring this hands-on and career-driven STEM program to your scholars.To learn how to partner with Summer Advantage please call Amber Deckard at (317) 727-9814 or  


Our STEM partner, WisdomTools, has applied for a grant from Chase as part of the Mission Main Street Grants program. WisdomTools must receive at least 250 votes to be eligible for a grant. Please show support for WisdomTools by voting at 
PROJECT LEAD THE WAY State conference is November 17th & 18th. 
Contact Renee Bailey or Bev Ransdell for more information. 


Indianapolis VEX Robotics Competition and STEM Community Fair  November 17, 2013, 9am-3pm, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
The Indianapolis VEX Robotics Competition (IndyVRC) is looking to build on the success of last January's inaugural robotics event by adding an interactive STEM Information Fair for students and guests.  The STEM Information Fair will be located in the atrium entrance of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, ensuring the 70+ robotics teams, their families, and other community spectators are sure to spend some time visiting the booths throughout the daylong event.  The Fair will be held from 9am-3pm, the peak event time.   

IMSTEA Super Mileage Challenge 
APRIL  - Lucas Oil Raceway Park, Indianapolis 
Contact Jim Thompson:  


iON FUTURE is a new suite of free online learning games designed to spark middle and high schoolers' interest in STEM careers. More than 13,000 students have already played the games, 53 percent of whom are female. Use iON Future to inspire students to dive deep into the world of STEM.  


The "Engineering and Technology Educators of Indiana"  Has a NEW website  GO visit and Look at the conference information.
The new page is: 


The STEM Education Data and Trends Tool  is a great resource to find data quickly and intuitively on questions pertaining to  STEM education at various system levels.   


The STEM Education Data and Trends Tool is a great resource to find data quickly and intuitively on questions pertaining to  STEM education at various system levels.  
National Science Board releases STEM education data and trends tool (NSF)  A rich resource for anyone searching for answers to those and many other questions. The online statistical tool provides key information on the current state of [STEM] in the United States through an easy-to-use interface.   

Indiana Department of Education Road Maps for STEM Integration:     

NASA Ignite! Free Curriculum and Training in Indiana

You don't have to be a STEM expert to facilitate fun, hands-on activities to help kids learn about survival in space, how to train like an astronaut, rocketry, and much more. NASA Ignite provides free staff training and easy to implement curricula, games, and videos for afterschool, summer and in-school learning. Each activity gives you a lesson plan, list of supplies, and estimated preparation/implementation time. In-person trainings, weekly webinars, and customized support are free, through a NASA Summer of Innovation grant. Activities are geared toward youth in grades 4-9, but can be modified for any grade level. Contact the NASA Ignite! team to learn more and get started. Visit the Ignite! Dashboard  for upcoming events, free training materials, webinars, lesson plans, and more.




The Indiana Higher Education Commission releases a new "Return on Investment" (ROI) report.  A part of an ongoing effort to help Hoosier students and families make more informed choices as they pursue education beyond high school.
ROI report includes three key pieces of information:
*    Average cost of college (before and after financial aid) and average student debt.
*    Top three industries of employment by college program one year after graduation for Hoosier graduates who stay in Indiana.
*    Average salary one, five and ten years post-graduation for Hoosier college graduates who stay in Indiana.

FULL REPORT: Return on Investment Report (includes campus profiles)


Learn More Indiana
Visit:  for the latest college readiness resources.


College Week Live A new FREE website can help students gain information and develop aspirations through online "campus visits," online chats with current college students and other info on postsecondary options. This online college fair connects students and parents to admissions representatives from more than 450 colleges.    





2013 Because Kids Count Conference Tuesday & Wednesday, December 3 & 4
Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN $125 for individuals serving Indiana youth; $275 for non-youth serving or out-of-state individuals. Featuring Forest Whitaker, Academy Award-winning actor and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation and dozens of practical workshops with skills, strategies and tools that you can use immediately.

Community Mentor Training Sessions

With support from USA Funds, the Indiana Mentoring Partnership will be offering community mentor training sessions in the communities of our Indiana College Success Mentoring Providers for 2013-2014 in both the fall and spring.  The sessions will be open to all mentors in mentoring organizations in each of our 5 ICSM communities: Lake County (East Chicago/Gary), Fort Wayne, Marion, Indianapolis and Evansville. The fall sessions, "Strengthening the Transition and Persistence of 21st Century Scholars in Postsecondary Environments," are designed to help mentors learn how to best support 21st Century Scholars as they transition to the college years.  For dates and more info, visit: 

CELL's 2013 Indiana's Future Conference
November 12-13, 2013 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West.  This year's theme: "Indiana's Future: Turning Challenges into Opportunities" will focus on providing innovative strategies to tackle the many challenges facing Indiana schools and increasing opportunity for student achievement.

The Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network offers trainings across Indiana on a wide range of nonprofit management topics. The upcoming calendar of workshops and more info here:   


Indiana Youth Institute Trainings and Cafés NEAR YOU
Topics including Technology Safety, Reaching Uninsured Families and others will be provided at various locations in including: Merrillville, South Bend, Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, Evansville and New Albany.  More info here:   


Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs from Urban Youth and Other Experts on Thursday, November 14th at 1 p.m. EST. This free webinar, brought to you by NAA and The Wallace Foundation, will showcase a variety of research, findings, and developments, and will provide a blueprint for evolving arts programs in urban areas. More info and registration here  

"Kids and Social Media: Insights and Best Practices for Parents and Youth Workers."
The webinar, offered by the Center for Parent Youth Understanding, will be held on November 14, 2013, from 2p - 3p (EST) and again from 8p - 9p (EST).  Registration fee: $15.

Expanding Minds: More Than Just Another "To-Do" on the List
Student learning is no longer the sole province of schools. Therefore, it is imperative that principals and afterschool program site leaders, along with their faculty and staff colleagues, strive to build strong ties of mutual support for enriching the experiences of children and youth in schools, afterschool, and summer learning programs in every learning community throughout our nation. Learn how afterschool administrators are working together to "build a new day for learning" aimed at achieving innovative reform within schools and through quality afterschool and summer learning programs with the Expanding Minds: More Than Just Another "To-do" on the List webinar on November 12 at 1 p.m. EST. Click here to register or learn more.

National Mentoring Summit  
January 30-31, 2014 - Arlington VA. The Summit brings together more than 700 youth mentoring organizations, as well as government, civic, research and corporate leaders and will feature effective and innovative practices, discuss new research, focus on professional development, and create a shared agenda to drive systemic change that integrates mentoring as a strategy to support young people. More HERE.

February 12-15, 2014 - Atlanta Georgia
 Conference provides vital professional development opportunities for educators, funders and leaders working with students of all ages, across the learning day, all across America.

National AfterSchool Association's 26th Annual Convention
February 28 - March 3, 2014 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City. Session proposals due October 25th.   




The National Institute on Out-of-School Time is pleased to announce the fall 2013 publication of Afterschool Matters
Generously funded by the NOYCE Foundation and The Bowne Foundation. This national, peer-reviewed journal serves those involved in developing, managing, and working in programs for youth during the out-of-school time hours and those engaged in research and in shaping youth development policy. It's one of the only resources of its kind. Our fall issue opens with an article on the importance of content-specific out-of-school time training for professionals in the field. In addition to a piece on stimulating youth participation in social action and community service, this issue brings you several pieces on content and learning outcomes in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). If you have any questions, are interested in viewing past issues of Afterschool Matters, or would like to sign up for a subscription, please refer to- 

ASAP (After School Art Program),
a volunteer based initiative developed by a high school student in Vincennes Indiana  Also features a website to provide programming ideas to after school coordinators and other volunteers. This program was recently recognized by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis as a Power of Children:  Children Making a Difference Award Program.  

For Gary Programs- Agape Ministries International Bus Ministry
Bus Ministry Providing Transportation. Can pick up children and take them home from afterschool programs. Call 219-455-9019 or email

Online survey about physical activity in your currently operating afterschool program site
Respondents' sites will be entered into a raffle for one of four $100 gift cards! The National Afterschool Association is partnering with the Healthy Out-of-School Time Coalition to collect this new information on how our children and youth are physically active during out-of-school time hours. Only one entry per afterschool program site. If a different person should fill out the survey for your site, please forward this link.

Writing Contest
Kids ages 5-11 are asked to help dream up where a bear named Zylie will travel to on her next adventure. The entrant behind the winning story idea will win an expenses-paid trip to the Zylie headquarters in New York City and work alongside the company's writing team to author a book that will hit shelves next year.

Animal Tales
Need a fun but educational program for after-school?  Animal Tales  specializes in live animal educational programs for nearly 700 schools  and libraries annually.  We don't simply lecture but involve students  during the program; visit

PBL Certification
In an effort by the Indiana Collaborative for Project-Based Learning (ICPBL), Indiana educators can now apply for enrollment into a PBL Certification program. This is a voluntary process developed by experienced teachers, school leaders, and other education stakeholders to validate educators who have met challenging professional expectations in PBL instruction as evidenced through the certification assessment.

Summer Starts in September:  A Comprehensive Planning Guide for Summer Learning Programs.
This 200-page guide is full of research-based strategies, program examples and tools that summer program leaders, staff and trainers can use to develop an intentional, high-impact program. The guide is brought to life by 80 summer learning quality indicators, developed and tested through years of partnership with summer learning programs, researchers and trainers. Together, these indicators make up the Comprehensive Assessment of Summer Programs (CASP).

Kids Included Together (KIT)
KIT helps organizations engage children with and without disabilities. Offering a blended learning model that includes live & online training and phone support center. This education transforms programs to be inclusive to all children, regardless of ability. To learn more,  
PBS LearningMedia  PBS LearningMedia, formerly known as PBS Teachers, provides educators with access to over 30,000 digital resources, including exciting and interactive STEM curriculum and activities. Resources are organized by subject, grade level (from pre-K to post-high school), and resource/media type. 

The Homework Hotline started in 1991 as a toll-free telephone service. Several online features have been added in recent years, and the iPhone app gives students easier access to Rose-Hulman students that are available as hotline tutors from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday during the school year. Supported by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Homework Hotline provides toll-free math and science tutoring services by calling 1-877-ASK-ROSE (1-877-275-7673) or through the website      


Resource available Students Stumped by Studies - Thanks to an innovative Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student, there's now The AskRose app, which links Indiana middle and high-school students with free homework math and science assistance. The app is available at the iTunes App Store  


2-1-1 is now State-Wide in Indiana!   All 92 counties with all 6,483,802 Hoosiers now have access to the free 24/7/365 service that helps people find the help they need to obtain safe, affordable housing, food and utilities, mental and physical health care, employment, volunteer opportunities and many other things that can lead to happier, healthier, safer individuals and families in our communities. DIAL 2-1-1 TODAY IF YOU NEED HELP OR IF YOU WANT TO GIVE HELP. 


New Nonprofit Jobs Board
The Not-for-Profit News has launched a new jobs database, in partnership with ExactHire, which gives nonprofit employers and workers new tools to promote and manage your job searches.  

Charitable Advisors also now has newsletters for northern and southern IN         

Job Posting: Site Supervisor (Towne Meadow Elementary)

Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation is seeking a creative and energetic site supervisor to facilitate the delivery of our Extended School Enrichment (ESE) program.  The site supervisor is responsible for the management of on-site ESE staff, communications with parents/guardians and school staff, fiscal management, planning and preparation of programs, as well as, supervision of students. If interested apply at
Full-time position w/ benefits (starting base salary of $32,500) closes November 22
Job Posting: Assistant Site Supervisor (Carmel Elementary)
Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation is seeking a creative and energetic assistant site supervisor to facilitate the delivery of our Extended School Enrichment (ESE) program.  The assistant site supervisor is responsible for the management of on-site ESE staff, communications with parents/guardians and school staff, fiscal management, planning and preparation of programs, as well as, supervision of students.  The assistant site supervisor typically works a spilt shift of 6:30a-9a and 1:30p-6:30p M-F.  If interested apply at
Full-time position w/ benefits (starting base rate of $12.25/hr) closes November 22

Job Opportunity: Associate Director of Community Relations and Outreach, Admissions
Posting #9663 at 
Serves the mission and directives of Indiana University by consulting with campus academic units and independently exercising decision making authority to achieve student recruitment, outreach, admissions, and enrollment objectives for various academic units. As a territory manager based in Indianapolis, represent the University through engagement with key high schools, community based organizations, and the business community. Collaborates with Admissions colleagues at IUB Admissions events hosted in Indianapolis and in other markets as needed/directed. Analyzes data and ensures that goals are met. Takes action consistent with this analysis and provides leadership for academic and student service units on admission strategies. Interprets academic policies and exercises authority and independent judgment on a case-by-case basis. Investigates complaints and questions and determines the best course of action for students and families.